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Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley
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Jan 04, 2009

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Early in her career, the eclectic Jane Smiley tried her hand at a mystery. Although she succeeded in creating some suspense and an air of menace, this is more a mystery about the unconscious and Freudian/Jungian archetypes about change, adulthood, and selfhood. Having to plot a mystery, though saved Smiley from the amorphous non-plots that plague some of her fictions. The heroine, Alice Ellis, discovers the dead bodies of 2 friends when she enters their apartment to water the plants. The action centers around a group of 30 something friends from the midwest who have settled in Manhattan.

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